Contemporary Bead Artists
These beautifully crafted beaded sewing strawberries are the work of the
talented First Nations Artisan
Naomi Smith. She is a member of the
Anishnabek Nation (Chippewa) Neyaashiinigmiing and resides in Canada.

Naomi has paid homage to this sacred fruit that is  so important in First
Nations culture. She has recreated, with both antique and contemporary
fabrics and beads, these delightful Victorian-era needle holders filled with
emery to keep needles sharp. Her meticulous research has borne fruit
through her close study of antique North American Indian bead work.

Naomi teaches classes and offers bead workshops in an effort to keep
Traditional arts alive within Native communities and beyond. Entirely hand
made, these are wonderful additions for the discriminating collector
or as gifts to friends.
Antique red cotton twill with pale
pink velvet top, beaded with       
antique beads in shades of
turquoise, clear and
hand-painted bugles.

$85.00 (IBSB-002)

Measures: 2.0 inches long (4.5
long with handle and dangles).
Antique cream-colored linen with
moss green velvet top, beaded
with antique beads in clear, red
and hand-painted bugles.

$85.00 (IBSB-001)

Measures;    2.25 long (5.0 long
including handle and dangles).
Close-up detail of the antique fabrics
and beads
used on IBSB-001 and
IBSB-002 - each
Antique versus contemporary materials. Can you tell the difference?
Each strawberry comes with I.N.A.C. Certificate of Authenticity
including the artist's signature and Indian Band Number.